Wenger fires back at Mourinho over playing Lacazette against Manchester United

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains that he was being straight-forward and honest about his team's fitness and injury information, specifically relating to striker Alexandre Lacazette, heading into last weekend's home loss to Manchester United.

The France global was a shock inclusion in the 3-1 defeat to the Red Devils after Wenger had categorically stated he would miss the game after limping out of the midweek victory over Huddersfield at half-time.

'In the end he could play.

"That's what you want, the players have produced a quality performance".

The result left Arsenal in fifth, 15 points behind runaway league leader Manchester City.

"Yes I thought he wouldn't play, yes", Wenger added.


"I'm always [honest] I thought he wouldn't play".

"I believe the game, it has to make us angry and even more determined", he said.

"The truth is Eric Bailly, no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] a big chance and [Nemanja] Matic is injured but will play for sure". He had a test on Friday morning and we were not sure he would play.

Wenger has all of his regular Europa League squad available for the BATE game, which is essentially meaningless for Arsenal as they have already clinched the group win, though their opponents can still seal second spot.

"If I am a player, and I think with what we produced, we have a huge potential, and we lose the game, we can not accept that".

Defender Shkodran Mustafi would not have been involved even if he had not been forced off early on in the defeat to United.


Following Wenger's press conference, the club announced on Wednesday that youngsters Eddie Nketiah, Ben Sheaf and Matt Macey had penned new deals.

Wenger also warned the injury-plagued Wilshere to be careful when ice skating after pictures emerged of the midfielder with his family at a rink earlier in the week.

"For your balance it's not bad but for a footballer I don't think it's great".

The United boss said: "Do you want the truth?" It depends as well on what you do.

"I don't much worry about that - just think, do we have a chance?"


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